Australian Native Plants

  Banksia chamaephyton (Fishbone Banksia)


Banksia chamaephyton photo
Fishbone Banksia

Photograph by MainlandQuokka. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)




FISHBONE BANKSIA FACTS

distribution map showing range of Banksia chamaephyton in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Fishbone Banksia

Description
The Fishbone Banksia is a prostrate shrub. The long leaves grow upright and are deeply divided in a fishbone or fern frond pattern. The cone shaped flower spikes are produced from the base of the plant at ground level. Flowers are produced in spring and are orange brown in colour. The flower spike develops into a woody fruit. The dead flower styles remain giving the fruit a shaggy hairy appearance with protruding follicles. It is a fairly rare species of Banksia.

Height
0.2m - 0.4m

Spread
1m - 2m

Habitat
grows on sandplains and heathland

Wildlife Interest
birds, nectar

Distribution
found in western parts of Western Australia around an area north of Perth about half way between Perth and Geraldton

Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Proteales
Family:Proteaceae
Genus:Banksia
Species:chamaephyton
Common Name:Fishbone Banksia


Relatives in same Genus
  Banksia aculeata
  Banksia aemula
  Banksia anatona
  Banksia ashbyi
  Banksia attenuata
  Banksia audax
  Banksia baueri
  Banksia baxteri
  Banksia benthamiana
  Banksia blechnifolia
  Banksia brownii
  Banksia burdettii
  Banksia caleyi
  Banksia candolleana
  Banksia canei
  Banksia carlinoides
  Banksia coccinea
  Banksia conferta ssp conferta
  Banksia conferta ssp penicillata
  Banksia cuneata
  Banksia dallanneyi
  see A-Z list for more ...